Welcome to the Group Events Page! From late September to June the Granite Curling Club offers Group Events on some of the best ice conditions for curling in North America. For all ages and abilities, Curling is the most accessible Winter Olympic Sport. So whether you are hosting a small birthday party or a large corporate team building event, our world class instructors will ensure everyone in your group will be able to enjoy your time with us.
Here are the answers to some questions you may have:
My group wants to go curling. What can I expect?
Our events are 4 hours long, we find this is enough time to learn how to curl, and to curl a full game with a break in the middle for snacks, drinks, and socialization. We recommend showing up 15 minutes before your event's start time. This will allow you enough time to check in with our host and get fitted with equipment. While each event is as different as the group hosting it, most events follow this blueprint:
-0:15 – 0:15 – Arrive at Granite Curling Club, check in with Host, get fitted with Grippers and a Knee Pad
0:15 – 0:30 – Welcome from Club, Instructional Video, Safety Talk
0:30 – 1:15 – On Ice Instruction
1:15 – 2:00 – 1st half of Curling Game
2:00 – 2:45 – Break
2:45 – 4:00 – Return from Break, complete 2nd half of Curling Game
4:00 – 4:30 – Return Equipment, Gather personal items from 2nd level Club Lounge, and disembark
I've seen Curling on TV but I don't really know how its played or scored
2 Minute Curling Explanation - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOk9SVzqHsk
Why do you sweep in front of the rocks?
The Physics of Curling - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miB7HzUvmM0
Is it true that all Curling Stones are made from a special type of Granite?
How Curling Stones are Made - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMj3YXUb56M
Ok, once we learn how to play, what does a game look like?
Full Curling Game in Under 5 Minutes - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iC3C4RURsdU
Who can curl?
Anyone and everyone! Curling is a lifetime sport and the Granite Curling Club has active members as young as 8 and as old as 90! We find generally Curlers aged 10 or older are able to play with full sized rocks, and Curlers aged 7 or older can play with smaller rocks and our nearer targets. We also have several adaptive methods that allow those of any physical ability to participate.
When is the club available for an event?
During the time our ice is in from September 20th through June 20th, we reserve the following times for group events.
- Weekdays from 10:00 am-2:00 pm.
- A limited number of Saturday afternoons and evenings, these events take place from 1:00-5:00 pm or 6:00-10:00 pm.
- There are extended times offered during the holiday weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years.
- Please reference our calendar for a list of available times.
Do you have a calendar that I can look at?
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have specific questions or schedule requests.
What is the cost of an event?
Each sheet of ice rented includes 4 hours of ice time, an instructor, and a table in our 2nd level viewing area, as well as access to our kitchen and serving areas if you are bringing catering.
Our pricing schedule is as follows:
- 1-10 attendees: 1 sheet and 1 instructor, $425
- 11-20 attendees: 2 sheets and 2 instructors, $700
- 21-30 attendees: 3 sheets and 3 instructors, $1050
- 31-40 attendees: 4 sheets and 4 instructors, $1400
- 41-50 attendees: 5 sheets and 5 instructors, $1750
For safety and entertainment purposes we have a hard cap of 10 curlers per sheet, with a maximum of 50 curlers able to curl at one time. For Groups larger than 50, we charge an additional $30/per curler. Please let the Group Event Coordinator and Event Host know how many will be attending so we can find the best way to accommodate everyone in your group.
In order to reserve for your group event, non-refundable deposit of $100 per reserved sheet is required.
Your Final Payment will be due at the conclusion of your event and will be taken care of with your event host. Please note that events paid before or after this time will have a 25% gratuity added to the Final Invoice.
Please be advised of our cancellation/sheet reduction policy as outlined below and on your Event agreement form.
What does that cost include?
The fees include use of the ice and facility and assignment of 1 round table upstairs for each sheet for up to four consecutive hours, with access to the club 15 minutes before your event, and a half hour after your event allowed for tear down and cleanup.
We provide all equipment, such as brooms, rocks, rubber shoe grippers, knee pads, and everything else that is needed to curl. Your event also includes experienced professional instructors from the Granite Curling Club who teach your group how to curl. We provide one instructor per sheet as requested in your rental agreement, with additional personnel as needed for groups larger than 50.
Are there any additional fees or extra expenditures?
Each group has an option to add a Gratuity for their instructor(s) at the end of the event, this is greatly appreciated and allows us to retain top level instructors to make your curling event an unforgettable experience.
If you would like to rent our 2nd level club lounge before or after your event, our rate is $75/hr for the 2nd level viewing area. We do have Wi-Fi available and and a projector and screen available for use as well as access to our Full Kitchen and Serving areas.
If your group exceeds the 10 curler per sheet limit, you will be charged $30 for each extra curler and $10 for each non curling spectator. Please consult the Group Events Coordinator for further clarification on this policy.
What is the policy on cancellations, postponements and changes to events?
You may move an event more than 30 days out with no penalty. If you are moving an event inside of 30 days you will be charged a rescheduling fee of $25 per sheet per week (please see our Cancellation Policy for complete details).
Cancellations and sheet reductions are allowed up to 1 week before your event. You lose your down payment on all event dates and sheets that are canceled or reduced.
No cancellations or sheet reductions are allowed less than 1 week before your event. In the event that you miss an event date with less than 1 weeks notice, we bill for the entire balance of the event. Please pay this balance as soon as possible to avoid further action. In order to get this balance waived, you have up to one month to make a new reservation and down payment after your missed event date. After 1 month has elapsed without any action, we will turn the account over to collection.
How do I book an event?
Please consult our Group Events Calendar to find an available time that works for your group. Once you have found an available date, please contact our Group Events Coordinator, MacAllan Guy at email@example.com.
If your date is available, we will send you a Group Event Agreement, Cancellation Policy Form, and Down Payment Invoice ($100 per sheet) via email. Once you have completed all three forms, your reservation will be fully confirmed. Please note your reservation will not be held until your down payment is completed.
Expect a response within 48 hours of making a reservation request.
Is there a waiver to sign? Are there any age limits? Can kids or teens curl?
All curlers are required to sign a waiver before going on the ice. Waivers are provided at the club, so simply sign upon arrival. Curlers under 18 years of age must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian, as well as a Junior Concussion Form, before going on the ice.
If a parent isn't coming to the event, both waivers can be provided to your group by email. Simply print and sign it, and send it with the student. Typically, kids aged 10 or older are able to play with full sized rocks, and 7 or older can play with smaller rocks. Children under 13 require their own bicycle helmets and adult supervision at all times.
What if more or less people show up than we planned?
You are charged a flat rate per sheet reserved for your group event, with a maximum of 10 curlers per sheet strictly enforced for safety reasons. It is your responsibility to reserve the number of sheets that you need, and to pay in full on your sheets as agreed. Should there be more than 10 attendees per sheet reserved, you need to limit your participation to 10 curlers per sheet, and will be charged $10 per non-curling spectator. (For example, if you reserve two sheets but show up with 21 attendees, you will automatically pay $650 plus $10 for the non-curler.)
Training is done with all curlers at the same time on the sheet. Late arrivals are strongly discouraged, and may not get a chance to curl. Unless circumstances warrant, there is no "swapping in and out" to save money on the number of sheets needed.
Do you provide Catering or Bar Service?
The Curling Club does not provide any Catering or Bar Service, but we are well equipped with a full kitchen on both levels as well as multiple serving areas. We can provide a list of caterers we have worked with in the past and are familiar with our building. If you would like to bring alcoholic beverages, you will need to purchase a Banquet Permit from the State Liquor Control Board. Please note you will need to print out, sign, and bring the permit with you to display. Alcoholic Beverages are only permitted in the 2nd level Club Area.
Purchase a Banquet Permit Here: https://lcb.wa.gov/licensing/online-banquet-permit.
Are there tables and chairs?
Yes. There are five round tables and chairs that seat up to 40 people already set up with additional tables and chairs set up for additional attendees or catering.
What is the address of the curling club?
Our street address is: 1440 North 128th Street, Seattle, WA 98133
Our Map & Directions page has full information.
What should people wear?
- Carry in a pair of shoes with clean, flat, rubber soles with no metal hooks etc. that may scratch the ice. (Clean tennis shoes are ideal).
- Wear comfortable loose fitting clothing. (It is difficult to curl in tight jeans)
- Dress in layers with a light jacket, sweater or sweatshirt (initially it will be chilly on the ice, but you can get quite warm once you start playing). The air temperature is usually between 40 and 42 degrees.
- A ski hat and gloves may be appropriate if you chill easily.
How many sheets of ice do we need?
A game of curling is normally four versus four, or 8 curlers per sheet, ideally, and we have 5 sheets to play on. In our group events, we gladly allow teams of 3 to 5 players on the ice, and will work to put together suitable games with whatever number you give us to work with. The maximum number of players on the ice would be 10 teams of 5, or 50 curlers, at any one time playing or learning. For this reason, we allow and suggest a maximum of 10 attendees (curlers plus non-curlers) per sheet when deciding how many you need, to allow for those who would rather not play for whatever reason.
I have a question that wasn't answered in this section.
Due to the overwhelming popularity of curling as a group activity here, please, do not call the club or group events director. Assistance is gladly and promptly provided by email only (firstname.lastname@example.org) to address any additional questions or issues regarding your special curling experience! The coordinator works with you in a reasonable manner if an alternate means of communication is necessary.
We look forward to hosting your next outing for a great time on the ice. Good curling!